Transportation headlines, Tuesday, July 20

Here’s a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

Photos reveal Himalaya’s shrinking glaciers (New York Times)

The film director David Breashears (“Everest”) has a new photo exhibit in Manhattan that vividly shows how ice has been retreating in the world’s tallest mountain range over the past century due to climate change. Check out the first two photos on the post — in the first, there’s a glacier in 1921. In the second, there’s a lake. Attentive readers will recall that many scientists say that greenhouse gases — many produced by burning gasoline — is one of the leading causes of climate change.

Ethanol skewered by federal report (Grist)

Remember ethanol, the corn-based fuel that we can grow here in America and use to lower our foreign oil dependency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The Congressional Budget Office just released a report that blows away those assumptions. Grist says the report basically draws two conclusions: 1) If looking for a way to reduce greenhouse gases, there’s far cheaper ways of doing it, and; 2) The benefit of ethanol is offset by the burning of so much coal and natural gas to harvest corn and convert it to ethanol. Hmm.

The above five minute, 10 second video by the Transit Coalition travels the first half of the second phase of the Expo Line light rail project from near Venice & Robertson to Pico & Sawtelle. The maker of the video says in the YouTube posting that it was his intent to show that the line will be safe through West L.A. and that much of the right-of-way is wide. I think the video offers a good perspective of the line, but I don’t think the camera’s point-of-view is wide enough to entirely show how the rail corridor interacts with surrounding neighborhoods. A lawsuit has been filed by some Westside residents challenging the Expo Line’s environmental study for Phase 2, alleging among other things that officials didn’t adequately study traffic impacts of the rail line. Hat tip to Curbed LA on the video.